Is Happily Ever After Even Possible in Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love?

Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love Review

Help the poor count escape her clutches and earn his freedom; he only has a little over a month to before it's "happily ever after". Play 45 unique stages (the bonus chapter has 15 more). Enlist the help of Dracula's monstrous pals. Clear obstacles, gather food, restore villages and more as you keep the obsessed princess at bay. This casual resource management game will keep you entertained for hours on end with challenging game play and tongue in cheek approach.

All That a Vampire Needs

Escaping unrequited love is a tall order, especially if the girl is as tenacious as the princess. The time pressure in Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love is just that -- incredible. Having a pesky human at his heels surely complicates things and amps up the challenge. This means that aside from the regular resource management elements such as gathering food and constructing buildings, you will need to negotiate with the terrain to get away from Dracula's pursuers. If you wish to survive all 45 stages, you will need to do things quickly and be decisive. Otherwise, you won't be able to keep up with one thing or the other.

That being said, don't let the puzzle mechanics scare you. It doesn't matter whether you've played this type of game before or if this is the first time you've tried a game in the genre. The tutorial is stellar. It will walk you through all the essentials and give you the knowledge you need to get started. Once you've gotten used to the routine, the difficulty scales up until the game's grand finale.

Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love Review

Love is Never Far Behind

So what exactly do you have to do to help Dracula run away from love? You control both the count and his minions to pick up various resources such as money, food, logs and stones. What are these for, you ask? Actions cost resources. For instance, clearing obstacles will cost food. And you'll want to do that if you want Dracula to get his freedom. Repairing structures such as your chain of BloodDonalds fast food buildings will also entail resources. Have we mentioned how important those are in this game?

Never fear, the count has a slew of special abilities at his disposal. Construction can be sped up, minions can be supercharged, even time can be stopped for a bit which can help you catch up whenever things are getting too hectic. Resource management gurus can go the extra mile too, collecting 3 gold stars per stage to show their expertise and looking for all the hidden objects such as portraits, statues and gifts scattered across each stage.

Fit for a Count

Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love takes an old concept and adds a fresh twist to it. Even better, the puzzle elements are woven into the storyline. And what a silly storyline it is! If you're into endearing characters, this game is definitely for you. Zombies here prefer cocoa over human brains. The writing is funny enough that even reading the profiles is sure to make you chuckle. As for the game's presentation, well, though it isn't exactly anything new, Incredible Dracula's cartoony art style, vibrant colors and peppy soundtrack complements the mood to a tee. It's like a more colorful, 3D version of Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve.

Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love Review

It doesn't matter whether you're new to resource management titles or if this is the tenth game you've played in the genre. There is something for everybody in Incredible Dracula. Play Relaxed Mode if you need to get some practice in because that doesn't have a time limit. Normal Mode is there if you want a challenge and finally, Multi-click Mode is what you go for if you want to be able to assign different tasks to the monsters. As for negatives, well, the only one here is that the audio clips are limited and no matter how nice they are at first, they do get tiresome in the latter half of the game.

The bottom line is that this game is worth a try. The count may not have his happily ever after but you will surely be able to enjoy his misery. Play it if you're craving for a tricky resource management title wrapped in a wonderful, lighthearted storyline.